Highland Park’s New Friend
Highland Park has long been considered a special place, but now it is a very special place because right now it is the only place in the world with a Donut Friend.
Northeast Los Angeles is no stranger to the Donut Arts. This after all, is where the most powerful donut empire in the Western United States began with Yum Yum Donuts in 1971 on the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 26. And while 90042 may still be home to the best glazed donut in Los Angeles at Monterey Donuts in Hermon, Donut Friend has upped the game considerably. Over in the East San Gabriel Valley, Glendora’s Donut Man has been blowing people’s minds for decades by putting fresh fruit on their donuts. Which is awesome. But Donut Friend has electrified the acoustic guitar of pastries, their donuts goes to eleven.
Jam, cheese, bacon, bananas, basil, nutella, mint, fudge, olive oil, jalapenos, sriracha, ice cream, chocolate mousse, candied oranges, caramel, and sugar glaze are among just a few choices you can put on you’re basic $2 vegan traditional or cake donut. (For $2.50, you can get a stupid-healthy vegan baked donut.) The D.I.Y. donut option is a fun way to show yourself and your friends (who are not donuts) what an awesome or awful pastry chef you could be. But don’t let that stress you out, there is a list of Donut Friend Compilations where you can show off your music prowess by getting the band and song references that the donuts are named after. (Fudgegazi = Fugazi, Lemon Weapon = Legal Weapon, GG Almond = GG Allin, Caramel on Parade = Christ on Parade, Dag Nutty = Dag Nasty, Jets to Basil = Jets to Brazil, Rights of Sprinkles = Rights of Spring, etc…) The donuts are good. Really good. I find myself avoiding York Blvd all together, just to keep from eating too many of their donuts. To go with these spectacular donuts, they have the usual milks and juices, but also serve a surprisingly good micro-roasted coffee from The 909, called Klatch. They also make pre-made donuts that you can pre-order by the dozen and be the most popular person in your office.
The backstory about Donut Friend is that when multi-platinum record producer, Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, The Starting Line) had to “Go big, or go home,” he went donut. Inspired by Donut Man, he decided to open a kustom donut shop on York Blvd where previously there was a Chinese massage parlor. The happy ending for us is that while people from all over California will be driving here to try Donut Friend, we can simply walk over and indulge our fancy any time between 8AM and 7PM, seven days a week.
5107 York Blvd
Highland Park, CA 90042